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# - Wilde, Oscar.
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, TO THE ARTIST F.H. TOWNSHEND
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82
# - Wilde, Oscar.
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, TO THE ARTIST F.H. TOWNSHEND
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 4,375 GBP
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# - Wilde, Oscar.
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, TO THE ARTIST F.H. TOWNSHEND
concerning townshend's illustration for "the canterville ghost" ("...I am very much pleased with your picture ... and should like to see you about another..."), 4 pages, 8vo, embossed stationery of 32 Dover Street, 16 Tite Street, Chelsea, [early February 1887], tear to top outer corner of first leaf affecting address, dust staining to last page
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Catalogue Note

"...You have made the stained glass window modern American, one of John Lafarge's in fact. It should be old English. The ghost's legs are a little too transparent..."

Wilde's story 'The Canterville Ghost', which tells of the failed attempts of the spirit of the Elizabethan Sir Simon de Canterville to terrorise the modernising American minister Hiram B. Otis and his family, was first serialised in the Court and Society Review, February-March 1887. The illustration discussed here depicts Otis offering the ghost a bottle of Tammany Rising Sun Lubricator with which to oil his chains. Frederick Henry Townshend (1868-1920) went on to illustrate Kipling and become art editor of Punch.

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